Top 10 Social Networking Websites and Forums

Top 10 Social Networking Websites & Forums - June 2010

Top 10 Social Networking Websites & Forums – June 2010

 

Note: The Hitwise data featured is based on US market share of visits as defined by the IAB, which is the percentage of online traffic to the domain or category, from the Hitwise sample of 10 million US internet users. Hitwise measures more than 1 million unique websites on a daily basis, including sub-domains of larger websites. Hitwise categorizes websites into industries on the basis of subject matter and content, as well as market orientation and competitive context. The market share of visits percentage does not include traffic for all sub-domains of certain websites that could be reported on separately.

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What do people do with cellphones?

Accessing of social networking sites or blogs also saw significant growth, increasing 2.6 percentage points to 20.8 percent of mobile subscribers.

Accessing of social networking sites or blogs also saw significant growth, increasing 2.6 percentage points to 20.8 percent of mobile subscribers.

Mobile Content Usage

65.2 percent of U.S. mobile subscribers used text messaging on their mobile device in May, up 1.4 percentage points versus the prior three month period, while browsers were used by 31.9 percent of U.S. mobile subscribers (up 2.3 percentage points). Subscribers who used downloaded applications comprised 30.0 percent of the mobile audience, representing an increase of 2.1 percentage points from the previous period. Accessing of social networking sites or blogs also saw significant growth, increasing 2.6 percentage points to 20.8 percent of mobile subscribers.

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Mobile Content Usage

3 Month Avg. Ending May 2010 vs. 3 Month Avg. Ending Feb. 2010

Total U.S. Age 13+

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Share (%) of Mobile Subscribers

Feb-10    May-10    Point Change

Total Mobile Subscribers                            100.0%    100.0%        N/A

Sent text message to another phone           63.8%       65.2%          1.4

Used browser                                                     29.6%       31.9%          2.3

Used downloaded apps                                   27.9%       30.0%         2.1

Played games                                                      21.8%       22.5%        0.7

Accessed social networking site or blog     18.2%       20.8%        2.6

Listened to music on mobile phone             13.1%       14.3%          1.2

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Source: comscore

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Digital Marketing Trends You Need To Know About – updated

Digital Marketing Trends: Online Display Advertising

The challenge for a small business is the same challenge facing any business: How do you get enough people to pay attention to your ads while they are busy uploading photos or conversing with friends?

The challenge for a small business is the same challenge facing any business: How do you get enough people to pay attention to your ads while they are busy uploading photos or conversing with friends?

Banner ads may sound like an antiquated way to get noticed, but actually display advertising is becoming much more interesting due to two important trends.

One such trend is better local ad targeting.

Several companies, such as Local.com, LinkedIn and Facebook, have announced that they’re getting into the local targeting game by offering geography-based advertising along with the standard demographic or keyword targeting you’d expect. Local targeting is already prevalent in search engine marketing and it’s good to know that display ads are heading in the same direction.

The other noticeable trend to get excited about is the movement toward ad pricing based on cost-per-action rather than cost-per-click.

Paying for ads based on CPA means that you don’t pay the publisher until you get the action you want from the ad. For example, if you want your online display ad to drive someone to an online store to buy the advertised product, you won’t have to pay until someone actually clicks the ad and completes the purchase. Several companies have announced an emphasis on CPA tracking and billing.

Digital Marketing Trends: Online Retail Promotions

Selling physical goods has long been about driving traffic to your e-commerce store so prospective customers can see and buy your products. That trend seems destined for a giant turn in the opposite direction, because it won’t be long before smaller retailers have the ability to sell more of their products on other highly targeted consumer websites.

One such website is Milo.com, where the CEO announced the company’s intention to enable anyone to search real-time availability and local product information on every product, on every shelf, in every local business in America.

Another outstanding innovation for online retail comes from Pixazza. Pixazza is changing the way consumers shop by allowing people to browse and buy products that appear in any photos.

For example, let’s say you’re reading an article in an online entertainment magazine and you see a photo of Jennifer Lopez wearing earrings that are to-die-for. Getting yourself a similar pair is easier than ever; as you hover over the photo Pixazza recommends earrings at suggested prices far below what Jennifer Lopez probably paid for hers.

You can also use this type of technology on video email campaigns,  it increases your CTR (Click-through rate) over 100%!!

Digital Marketing Trends: Social Media Advertising

Social media is arguably the most innovative internet tool to emerge since, well, the internet. There are definitely good reasons to advertise on social media sites (this includes your own fan pages and networks). The challenge for a small business is the same challenge facing any business: How do you get enough people to pay attention to your ads while they are busy uploading photos or conversing with friends?

There are a number of companies working to make social media advertising more engaging and even fun, and it won’t be long before there are a plethora of choices for small budgets.

There are interesting video advertising products with built-in games and quizzes to get people to pay attention and remember the content in the videos, and others offer access to an integrated suite of social media applications designed to attract attention and engagement in exchange for a subscription of just a small fee per month.

Digital Marketing Trends: Mobile Marketing

Advertising and messaging to mobile phones is definitely a hot topic among marketers.

In the past, most mobile marketing tools focused on only one aspect of mobile marketing, such as text-messaging, application development or mobile websites. Those tools are now converging as integrated solutions.

One such company, 2ergo, recently announced plans to offer a comprehensive suite of marketing solutions that include SMS, MMS, e-mail and mobile websites. Be on the lookout for companies offering comprehensive mobile solutions priced for small businesses in the not-too-distant future.

Make sure at least a portion of your website is designed to display and function properly on mobile devices — especially the pages that contain contact information for your business.

If you have a location-based business, start making your communications more mobile friendly so people can respond to your offers and information while they are on-the-go.

Sending text-messages and e-mails with mobile coupons and snack-sized bites of product information are great places to start. Also, social media users are more likely to become mobile savvy than the average internet user, so make sure you have a presence on the most common social sites.

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Fox News targets Latinos with new website

"About a third of the country is going to be of Latino heritage by 2050 and we thought it was time to launch a site with more of a focus," said Michael Clemente, Fox News' senior vice president of news editorial.

“About a third of the country is going to be of Latino heritage by 2050 and we thought it was time to launch a site with more of a focus,” said Michael Clemente, Fox News’ senior vice president of news editorial.

Fox News plans to launch this fall a website aimed at a Latino audience as it seeks to build its coverage and links with one of the fastest-growing U.S. communities.

Fox News, which is owned by Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp, said on Wednesday the new site FOX News Latino (www.FoxNewsLatino.com) will provide original news and features focused exclusively on the Latino community.

The U.S. Latino population is one of the fastest growing, accounting for around 15.4 percent of the population in 2008, up from 12.5 percent in 2000, according to Pew Research. As that population grows, marketers are spending more of their advertising dollars with Hispanic media outlets.

“About a third of the country is going to be of Latino heritage by 2050 and we thought it was time to launch a site with more of a focus,” said Michael Clemente, Fox News’ senior vice president of news editorial.

But Clemente said it was unlikely Fox News will launch a news television channel focused on the Latino community.

“It’s not on the drawing board. There’s just too much to be had among the 700 cable channel universe right now.”

The new website will feature videos and other content in both Spanish and English with reports from the United States as well as South and Central America, and the West Indies, among other regions.

Some content from the site will appear on FoxNews.com’s “Strategy Room,” the political, entertainment and lifestyle talk show streamed live on the Web every weekday.

Fox News is the most-watched cable news channel in the United States and in the last year has expanded its lead over rivals like CNN, which is owned by Time Warner Inc and MSNBC, a unit of NBC Universal which owned by General Electric Co.

Clemente said he sees little risk that a Latino audience would avoid a website backed by Fox News because of the cable TV network’s conservative pundits, whose views on issues like immigration can be at odds with the Latino community.

“I don’t think there’ll be conflict,” he said. “We will do what we always do on the news side which is to be very fair and balanced on all sides of the issue in our reporting.”

News Corp shares closed 36 cents to $13.39 on Nasdaq.

Source: Reuters

Five Foundations For Online Marketing From Coca-Cola

It seems that Coca-Cola focuses on the fundamentals when it comes down to online marketing.

They use five key foundations for the online marketing efforts. Add value. Be transparent. Be consistent and follow through. Be receptive to change. Surprise and delight your customers.

These are some premises many talk about but not often delivered.

  1. Add value. Bring value into every interaction.
  2. Be transparent. Listen to what your brand owners are saying. You are not your brand owner. You are the steward of your brand.
  3. Be consistent and follow through. Stay on brand strategy and stay true to who you are. Make human connections, which we all share, better and more meaningful.
  4. Be receptive to change. Mix things up to keep it fresh.
  5. Surprise and delight your customers. Again, keep things interesting and fresh.

Online Marketing from Coca-Cola: Campaigns result

For the world and this one was for Friendship Day in Latin America, they created “La Máquina de la Felicidad” or “The Happiness Vending Machine” and the success was outstanding. See for yourselves.

 This one took place in the U.S. and with a different twist and an amazing ending. Wouldn’t you share online what is taking place? 🙂

Mobile Location-Based Services Market to exceed $12bn by 2014

The combination of smartphone proliferation, a surge in application storefront launches and new developments in hybrid positioning technologies are expected to help drive revenues from mobile location-based services (MLBS) to more than $12.7 billion by 2014, according to a new report from industry analysts at Juniper Research.

Advertising is likely to form an increasing share of MLBS-related revenues over the next five years

Advertising is likely to form an increasing share of MLBS-related revenues over the next five years

The Mobile Location Based Services report found that while MLBS had experienced in number of false dawns over the 2000-2007 period, improvements in handset user interfaces – exemplified by the iPhone – together with easier consumer access to an array of app distribution channels had led to greater interest from service providers in providing MLBS applications. In addition, growth was being further facilitated by the deployment of high capacity network infrastructure and attendant increases in mobile Internet adoption, providing greater opportunities for browser-based services.

Furthermore, the Juniper report noted that advertising was likely to form an increasing share of MLBS-related revenues over the next five years. According to report co-author Dr Windsor Holden, “Location-based applications are extremely interesting for brands and retailers in that they allow those companies to direct consumers to outlets in their vicinity while simultaneously providing information about the products on offer. When these are allied to measures such as mobile coupons and vouchers, you have the combination of information and financial incentive which can be compelling for consumers.”

Other findings from the Mobile Location Based Services Research include:

  • Improving the user experience of MLBS on feature phones will be key in driving usage beyond the core smartphone base
  • Despite the confluence of factors driving growth, deployments may still be affected by constraints including privacy and information security
  • While service usage will be highest in Far East & China over the next five years, greatest revenues will come from Western Europe

About this study

Juniper Research assesses the current and future status of mobile location-based services based on interviews, case studies and analysis from representatives of some of the leading organisations in this critical area of the mobile industry. Whitepaper and further details of the study ‘Mobile Location Based Services: Applications, Forecasts & Opportunities 2009-2014’ can be freely downloaded from http://www.juniperresearch.com.

Digital Convergence

Have you thought of your strategies for 2010-2013? Have you considered this? Digital Convergence

Mobile To Outpace Desktop Web By 2013

Looking ahead to 2014, Gartner estimates that 3 billion of the world's adult population will be able to conduct transactions via mobile or Internet technology.

Looking ahead to 2014, Gartner estimates that 3 billion of the world’s adult population will be able to conduct transactions via mobile or Internet technology.

Mobile phones will overtake PCs as the most common Web access devices worldwide by 2013, according to a new forecast by research firm Gartner. That’s an even more aggressive outlook than Morgan Stanley’s projection that the mobile Web will outstrip the desktop Web in five years.

Gartner estimates the combined installed base of smartphones and browser-equipped enhanced phones will surpass 1.82 billion units by 2013, eclipsing the total of 1.78 billion PCs by then.

But the firm warns that many sites still are not optimized for the mobile Web, even though cell users expect to make fewer clicks on their phones than on a PC. To successfully expand into mobile, publishers will have to reformat sites from the small form-factor of handheld devices.

Looking ahead to 2014, Gartner estimates that 3 billion of the world’s adult population will be able to conduct transactions via mobile or Internet technology. “Cash transactions will remain dominant in emerging markets by 2014, but the foundation for electronic transactions will be well underway for much of the adult world,” according to the firm.

In a more qualitative prediction, Gartner says that by 2015, context will be as key to mobile consumer services and relations as search engines are to the Web. Where search provides the key method for organizing information and services on the Internet, context will be critical to delivering personalized user experiences on smartphones.

“Context will center on observing patterns, particularly location, presence and social interactions. Furthermore, whereas search was based on a ‘pull’ of information from the Web, context-enriched services will, in many cases, prepopulate or push information to users,” stated the report. New offerings like Google’s “Near me now” feature — providing information on nearby business and services based on a mobile user’s location — come to mind in that vein.

Gartner added that any Web company that doesn’t become a mobile context provider risks handing over customer ownership to a competitor that is providing location-aware or other services that create context for users. As Gartner expects Facebook to be the hub of the social Web by 2012 (it’s not already?), it should also play a key role in social networking to mobile phones.

Three important issues are raised in the article by MediaPost on the Gartner research.

 

Mobile To Outpace Desktop Web By 2013

Mobile To Outpace Desktop Web By 2013

1. Most companies have not optimized their websites for the Mobile Web. To have a good presence on the Mobile Web, an adjusted website for the device must be set in place.

2. Context will be key for mobile just as search engines are for the Web. The context will be able to service the user personalized relevant content (in time).

3. Search engines were based upon pulling information to users at their request, mobile on the other hand will be able to prepopulate or push information on unique aspects as the context, the person and content wanted at that point of time.

Companies need to start thinking about any implications the Mobile Web might have for their business and target groups. Fast consecutive occuring life-cycles will make it much more difficult to intervene when the mobile has come to its peak of importance. A technology like Augmented Reality, which is going to grow the coming years, will even grow further by this, where it could be possible that Proximity Marketing will have a second more contextually relevant chance. Last but not least, this could impact media convergence as well, where TV, PC and Mobile will blend into new cross-media experiences which shall depend much on Mobile as well.

What is your take on this?

Source: Gartner Research

Consumer Searches on Life Insurance Climb

Target Latino’s note: What I would like to know is  if the growth of the U.S. aging population has an impact on the growth in life insurance searches.
Consumer Searches on Life Insurance Climb

Consumer Searches on Life Insurance Climb

Searches for life insurance information grew to 16.6 million queries, an increase of 15 percent versus the previous year, as more consumers turned to the Web to research policies.


“As more Americans utilize the Internet to research life insurance policies for themselves or family members, it is increasingly important for insurers to have a strong brand presence online,” said comScore director Susan Engleson. “Now more than ever, the Internet is playing an important role in this complex financial planning decision and insurers are experiencing varying degrees of success at meeting online consumers’ needs.”

Consumer Searches on Life Insurance Climb

In 2009, searches containing the term ‘life insurance’ grew 15 percent from the previous year to reach 16.6 million searches. During the same time period, consumers requested 2 million online quotes for life insurance, demonstrating Americans’ increased comfort and reliance on the Internet when shopping for complex financial services.

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Total Searches on Phrases Containing the Term ‘Life Insurance’*
2009 vs. 2008
Total U.S. – Home/Work/University Locations
Source: comScore Marketer
Searches (MM)
2008       2009     Percent Change
Life Insurance Searches       14.4       16.6         15%
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*Based on broad match of the search term “life insurance”

An analysis of the top insurance sites visited following searches including the term “life insurance” revealed that MetLife.com was the most frequented insurance site visited as a result of the search, with 5.8 percent of total search clicks (paid and organic) landing on MetLife.com. NewYorkLife.com was the second most referred site with 2.8 percent of search clicks, followed by StateFarm.com with 2.5 percent.

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Top Insurance Sites Visited as a Result of ‘Life Insurance’ Searches*
Q4 2009
Total U.S. – Home/Work/University Locations
Source: comScore Marketer
% of Referred Search Clicks for
‘Life Insurance’ Searches
MetLife.com                          5.8%
NewYorkLife.com                      2.8%
StateFarm.com                        2.5%
SelectQuote.com                      1.7%
Accuquotelife.com                    1.6%
GerberLife.com                       1.5%
RelianceLife.com                     1.4%
GlobeontheWeb.com                    1.2%
Prudential.com                       1.2%
HSBC.com                             1.1%
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*Based on broad match of the search term “life insurance”

Ms. Engleson continued, “The Web gives insurers another touch point to engage with consumers on various levels. Whether it’s providing information on coverage options or fulfilling a quote request, the Internet often represents a critical decision-making phase in the life insurance purchase funnel.”

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comScore, Inc. (NASDAQ: SCOR) is a global leader in measuring the digital world and preferred source of digital marketing intelligence. For more information, please visit www.comscore.com/companyinfo.

Location Aware Advertising IS Next Big Trend

NAVTEQ’s LocationPoint ad network provides a more direct way for advertisers and consumers to connect

New Study Underscores Why Location May Be Advertising's Next Big Trend

New Study Underscores Why Location May Be Advertising’s Next Big Trend

NAVTEQ, the leading global provider of digital map, traffic and location data for in-vehicle, portable, wireless and enterprise solutions, today released results of a new survey that illustrates just how impactful GPS-enabled location-based advertising or location aware advertising is when it comes to finding consumers at the right time and the right place.

That survey, conducted by Marketing Research Services Inc. (MRSI), showed that 19% of consumers who recalled seeing a specific ad clicked through to find nearby retail locations and that up to 6% of GPS users actually visited a business location after seeing an ad on their GPS device.

NAVTEQ makes the digital maps that drive a vast array of GPS products and services. Now the company is segueing into location aware advertising, what it calls LocationPoint Advertising, which combines GPS-based proximity, contextual and demographic information to get ads, coupons, and other marketing promotions into the hands of consumers as they are near a point of potential purchase, e.g., down the street from a fast food restaurant.

In its simplest form, NAVTEQ’s underlying technology lets advertisers display ads to users of GPS products and services, while more advanced location aware advertising technology paves the way for advertisers to interact with consumers and glean key behavioral insights and metrics. The MRSI survey shows that NAVTEQ’s one-way connection on navigation devices is delivering high returns to advertisers longing for new ways to stand out from traditional ad clutter and more directly influence consumer buying decisions.

The MRSI survey sampled 757 users of NAVTEQ ad-enabled GPS devices. Respondents were 18 and older with average household incomes over $50K. The survey showed that seventy-two percent viewed the ads as acceptable to the navigation experience.

“Marketers care about reaching consumers at the moment when they are closest to making a purchase decision,” says Nicole Haygood, vice president interactive media director for Draftfcb. “If NAVTEQ’s LocationPoint Advertising proves capable of tactfully engaging them near point of purchase through GPS, it will emerge as a desirable option for ad dollars.”

This type of advertising reaches out and finds a consumer when they’re most open to making purchase decisions,” says David Klein, vice president of ad sales for NAVTEQ. “It’s a vehicle that grabs the attention of a consumer near point of purchase and as the technology matures, it will offer increasing opportunities to interact with the consumer in ways that will deliver substantial benefits to advertisers.”

Study on location aware advertising Findings and Methodology

The study surveyed 757 respondents 18 and older using devices with ads in categories including Convenience, Fuel, Hotel, Pharmacy, and Bank/ATMs.

  • Seventy-two percent of consumers find the ads to be acceptable on their navigation devices
  • At least 50% of respondents recall seeing an ad for each of the advertised brands (aided and unaided)
  • On average, 19% of people who recall seeing a specific ad reported clicking through for information on nearby locations
  • Up to 6% of navigation device users visited a business location because of seeing an ad on their navigation device
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About NAVTEQ

NAVTEQ is the leading global provider of digital map, traffic and location data that enables navigation and location-based platforms around the world. NAVTEQ supplies comprehensive digital map information to power automotive navigation systems, portable and wireless devices, Internet-based mapping applications and government and business solutions. The Chicago-based company was founded in 1985 and has approximately 4,400 employees located in 192 offices and in 43 countries.

NAVTEQ and LocationPoint(TM) are trademarks in the U.S. and other countries. All rights reserved.

About Marketing Research Services, Inc. (MRSI)

MRSI, a member of the MVL Group of companies, is a full-service marketing research firm specializing in product development, consumer insights and Hispanic research solutions for clients in industries from consumer products and retail to financial services and healthcare.

Source: NAVTEQ